Commercial and Advertising Art
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Overview
Commercial and advertising art is a program in the applied visual arts that prepares individuals to use artistic techniques to effectively communicate ideas and information to business and consumer audiences via illustrations and other forms of digital or printed media. includes instruction in concept design, layout, paste-up, and techniques such as engraving, etching, silkscreen, lithography, offset, drawing and cartooning, painting, collage, and computer graphics.
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School with the highest reported median starting salary ($64K) with a Certificate: Gnomon
Career with the highest median salary ($72K) associated with this program: Commercial and Industrial Designers
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Careers for program graduates
Commercial and advertising art majors work in these careers, which are sized by percentage of majors in the career (at least 1%) and colored by the predominant level of education.
Graphic DesignersSpecialized DesignersSpecialized ManagersInterior DesignersArtists and related workersFirst-Line Supervisors of Reta...Elementary and Middle School S...Retail SalespersonsCustomer Service Representativ...Floral DesignersWholesale and Manufacturing Sa...Secretaries and Administrative...Marketing ManagersWeb DevelopersFashion DesignersSoftware DevelopersChief executives and legislato...Market Research Analysts and M...
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01K2K3K4K0-1 Year Certificate1-2 Year CertificateAssociate's DegreeBachelor's DegreePostbaccalaureate CertMaster's DegreePost-master's Cert
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Completions over time
Have completions for commercial art and graphic design changed over time? Increasing completions may mean you'll likely have an easier time finding a school that offers this degree, with the opposite being true as well.
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Number of graduates
02,0004,0006,0008,00010,000200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019
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Salary and Debt
How are students who recently completed a degree in commercial and advertising art doing?
Below is the distribution of starting salaries along with accumulated federal and private education loans across schools that offer a degree in the field design and applied arts, which includes commercial and advertising art.
Median starting salaries
$24K$24K$34K$47K$0$20K$40K$60K$80KMaster'sBachelor'sAssociate'sCertificate
Median cumulative loan amount
$10K$16K$27K$67K$0$50K$100K$150KMaster'sBachelor'sAssociate'sCertificate
Careers
Recommended careers for those with a degree in commercial art and graphic design
Following are the jobs recommended for those who study Commercial Art and Graphic Design (which combines 22 programs). These are listed in order of highest nationwide employment.
  1. Graphic Designers
  2. Commercial and Industrial Designers
  3. Specialized Artists and Related Workers
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Recommended Careers for commercial art and graphic design majors
Is this degree preparing you for a career with a salary you want? Are there lots of openings in the near future? The Department of Education suggests these careers as a starting list, and Ididio hopes that if the career you're most interested in doesn't appear here, you will head over to our Career Explorer and learn more about paths to your best career.
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Explore schools that offer commercial and advertising art degrees and certificates
You can use this table to find schools that offer this program based on location and program level offered. Each entry goes to a school page similar to this one with all our information about that school.
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The school list includes a few facts about each school that give you an idea of the educational quality each school might offer:

  • Student-Faculty Ratio: A small number of students per full-time instructor suggests individual attention for each student and an up-to-date curriculum.

  • Satisfaction Rate: A high percentage of returning first-year students should correlate with satisfaction (schools call this their retention rate).

  • Repayment Rate: A high repayment rate means most alumni earn enough to make progress repaying loans within 7 years of leaving.

We also show the total enrollment for the school as measured by full-time-equivalent (FTE) students enrolled annually.

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Careers for commercial art and graphic design majors
commercial art and graphic design is part of a larger collection of programs: Design, including Graphic, Interior, and Fashion. Is there a different program that's close to commercial art and graphic design that might be a better match for your interests? You can use this table to see a little about the programs that fall under this umbrella. If you click on any of the table headers, that will sort the table by that column, or click on a row and see Ididio's profile for that program.
Gender
Gender of recent graduates
Of all people with any degree in commercial and advertising art earned in the last academic year, 62% were women.
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02K4K6K8K10KNumber of graduates200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019
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Context: Gender representation
How does the gender distribution in this major compare to all other majors?
60%40%0%20%40%60%80%100%WomenMen
Context: Percentage women
This major has a lower percentage of women than 40% other programs.
Distribution: salaries by gender
Does gender greatly influence your salary with this degree? The closer the bar are, the less discrepancy there is.
$48K$56K$0$50K$100K$150K$200K$250KWomenMen
Context: Salary inequity
For commercial art and graphic design graduates, men have a 17% higher median salary than women, This is near the middle of salary differentials within each program's graduates.
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Race/Origin
Race/Origin of recent graduates
Here is an overview of race/origin for all commercial and advertising art graduates from this last academic year. We found a higher percentage of international graduates in this program than in 52% of other programs.
Race/Origin
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Not Reported
International
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02K4K6K8K10KNumber of graduates200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019
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Not Reported
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American Indian
Asian
Hispanic
Pacific Islander
Black
White
Context: Percentage of Minority Graduates
Minority students comprise a lower percentage of graduates than in 60% of other programs.